The 2013 world champion Miami Heat won 66 games (83 including playoffs) last season. While the Miami Marlins were not expected to match the 83 wins the Heat got, there was hope that the team could at least top the 66 win regular season the Heat had.
Unfortunately, playing 80 more games than the Heat did not give the team enough time to do so. The Marlins with their loss on Thursday night can win no more than 65 games this season, if they win their final 9 games of the season. That is very unlikely.
With just 9 games left, the team will need to go 7-2 the rest of the way to avoid their second 100-loss season in franchise history. The 1998 Marlins lost 108 games, just a season after winning the world series.
The Marlins clearly have their work cutout for themselves this off-season. The rumors that owner Jeffery Loria continues to meddle in the day-to-day affairs he has no business in does not help either.
Don’t look now, but Giancarlo Stanton is having a passable, if still disappointing, 2013 campaign. How is he turning this lost campaign around at the plate? One walk at a time.
Miami Marlins prospects: Corner infield depth | Fishstripes
An in-depth look at the Miami Marlins first and third basemen in their farm system that have a chance at contributing to the team next year and down the line.
If the Marlins Weren’t the Marlins | Fangraphs
I’ll admit that I don’t know a lot about the other sports, so I can’t speak to situations more messed up than what we’ve got in baseball. But in baseball — little details aside — we’ve got the A’s, and we’ve got the Marlins.
On Jeffrey Loria And Ownership | Fangraphs
Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria was in the news this week and, as usual, there was a decidedly unctuous odor to it. Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported on Monday night of a power struggle between Loria and Larry Beinfest, the team’s president of baseball operations. Lining up with Loria is Dan Jennings, the vice president of player personnel. Lining up with Beinfest is Mike Hill, the general manager. David Samson, Marlin’s president and Loria’s stepson, is nowhere to be found.
The 2013 Marlins are the worst offensive team since … | Baseball Nation
It takes a lot to lose 100 games with an above-average pitching staff. The Marlins, bless their cold, piscine hearts, are making a run at it. With 13 games left in the season, they’re on pace to score 521 runs. Here’s a list of the worst run-scoring teams since the advent of the 162-game schedule, excluding strike seasons:
Marlins fall short in bid for Cuban defector Guerrero | Sun-Sentinel
Seeing as Jeffrey Loria is calling all the shots anyway, the simplest move by the Miami Marlins would be to have Loria appoint himself president, chief of operations and general manager and apply the salary savings to a roster upgrade.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
The Miami Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is again in the news for all of the wrong reasons. Fox Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has reported that the front office in the Marlins organization has opened up a massive divide. In the orange corner of the ring you have owner Loria and VP of player personnel Dan Jennings. In the teal corner you have president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest and GM Mike Hill.
The news coming out of the Marlins front office shouldn’t be a shock to most fans. Its being reported by Miami Herald beat writer Clark Spencer that owner Jeffrey Loria is now making all the baseball decisions for the organization. As vague as that is, with an anonymous major-league source cited, most Marlins fans don’t need anything to be confirmed. After the last eight years, its easier to trust the nameless baseball source than to give Loria the benefit of the doubt.
The Miami Marlins used a rare display of power to steal a win from the Philadelphia Phillies in extra innings on Wednesday night. Third baseman Ed Lucas provided the margin of victory in the 4-3 win by hitting just his 4th home run on the season in the top of the 10th inning.